Category Archives: Portuguese

Portingals, Portuguese, Melungeons, Creoles, Moors, Mulattoes and the Banjo

You just never know where a banjo is going to take you. George Gibson wrote a very interesting article about his own Gibson genealogy research, spurred by his enduring interest in banjos and banjo-playing mountain men. One of the areas … Continue reading

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Black, White or Red – Changing Colors

The Root recently published the article, “Did My White Ancestor Become Black?”, written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Eileen Pironti.  We all know who Henry is from his PBS Series, Finding Your Roots. America is the great mixing bowl … Continue reading

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Portuguese Men and the Revolutionary War

In years following the Revolutionary War, primarily in the 1800s, many families who were admixed began to claim they were Portuguese.  This became quite prevalent and there is quite a difference of opinion as to why.  Some people feel there … Continue reading

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